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Questions about changing object properties (shape, color, etc) so they work with the overall design.

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Edge-to-edge Image + Text in MailChimp

I'm creating an email in MailChimp using content blocks. (I'll be happy to use another method, but that seems to be the most convenient method at the outset.) Within the Image content block, there is ...
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Text won't align at top of box

I have two text boxes. One is aligned directly at the top of the box, the other has a space at the top. They have the exact same settings; I cannot find any difference between them. What is causing ...
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InDesign: how to get table correctly aligned on master page

Working on a magazine in InDesign that is 204mm wide x 279mm high. I have a header which reads: TEL: 555 123 456 YOUR FREE WEEKLY MAGAZINE 18th - 24th November 2016 (edited since in screenshot) as a ...
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Automatic Spacing between multiple text objects

Hello, here is my issue: I am trying to set up a workbook where titles (h1, h2) and basic text (p) iterate a lot and vary in length. Hence, between those text objects, I want to insert a "spacer&...
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Typographic and formatting conventions for plain text

Are there any typographic or formatting conventions for making plain text (a simple *.txt file in ASCII or UTF-8) more readable? Specific details that I'm considering: when to use hard line breaks ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

Most books and magazine articles are printed with full justification, namely with both left and right justification, even though it is generally accepted that the most readable of the justification ...
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

I am currently creating a book layout with inline code and code-blocks. For those code parts, i would like to add a background-color. It should handle code similar to the way it is displayed on ...
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InDesign: grep style to move single i words to next line

I need a Grep style in my paragraph styles in InDesign that makes sure that the letter i cannot stand alone at the end of a line, but will always move to the beginning of the next line. I have a ...
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InDesign: change justification on autoflowed text

Is it possible to have two text frames with different justifications, which are linked to allow the text to flow between them? I'm inheriting an old design someone made using two individual text ...
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Are paragraphs in a (bullet) list item an antipattern?

Say I'm writing a document (maybe an email) and I'm describing 3 possible solutions to a given problem. Each solution can be described in like 3-10 sentences. I'd like to break down the solution ...
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InDesign: import multiple questions from Word, one per page

I'm not even sure what to search for as I googled for a while but couldn't find anything. In a Word doc, I have a list of 300 questions. I'm trying to create a writing journal where there is one ...
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Right-align rest of paragraph after tab

I’m typesetting an index for a book where the index subjects (the names/words/items themselves) should be left-aligned, but the page numbers referenced should be right-aligned – similar to what you’d ...
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Trouble pasting a group of object into text for anchoring

I am trying to paste a group of objects into a text chain to anchor it so it will flow with the text. A single object works fine. But the paste option is dimmed if I try to paste two (or three) ...
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Disappearing characters while typing in InDesign

I am trying to place numbers on successive rows by typing the number and tapping the enter key, then typing a number and so on. I can type the first number, but when I tap the enter key the following ...
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Add a border on a word in indesign

Is there a way to add a rounded border/background on only one word in a paragraph in indesign ? Or a way to have a dynamic object that can be put in a paragraph and edited by double clicking to get ...
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Are there any rules of thumb / guidelines to optimize / balance this design?

Considering the following panel, are there any rules of thumb, tricks or guidelines to optimize / balance the look? This is the panel with vertical measurements: The panel is part of a website, in ...
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Illustrator text alignment

I want my text to produce exact outcome of 'justify all lines'. i took text, dragged it, created a box (exactly the size i want my paragraph to be in) and then applied 'justify all lines' from ...
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Indesign: Javascript to access the New Hyperlink panel

I want to create what is hopefully a simple javascript action that I can assign to a keyboard shortcut to save me clicking the same steps over and over. Basically, I want to highlight my text, then ...
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Is there a good way to work with Indesign justification settings?

I don't find it very intuitive, and I haven't found a clear guide online as yet. I end up "playing" with Word Spacing until I get to an approximation of what I need. I only ever modify Word ...
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Word breaks at a parentheses within the word ex. (im)possible

i recently got an offer to do a quick catalogue for an artist and there is a point in his text with a parentheses in it ex. (im)possible. indesign is breaking the word into: blah blah one line (im) ...
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InDesign not applying footnote separator formatting

Does anyone have any idea why this isn't being applied? I want a full point and an emspace after the footnote number before the footnote text, which is what I've told it to do but all it's doing is ...
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Reformatting dimensions of PDF to inches/centimeters in Apple Preview

I have a deadline for a project and I feel inept and defeated because of how small my obstacle seems. I was given the following guidelines for the project: "We need twice the contributions. Next ...
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How do you decide the ratio between font-size & line-height?

I don't know if there's a canonical answer, but maybe some theories that you can point me to that I can read about. Do most designers just play it by ear? Or go from the gut?
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Overlines in InDesign CC

I am struggling with a computer science document that makes liberal use of overline characters to indicate negation, i.e. NOT. Using a hook instead of an overline is not suitable for this material as ...
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What's the best practice for hyphenation in InDesign?

I always get those annoying hyphens on almost every line no matter what I'm doing. I edit each line individually as necessary but this becomes tedious for bigger tasks. Is there a better way to manage ...
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numbers and units in InDesign: Is there an easy way to do this?

I am involved in the writing of a lot of scientific texts. A lot of them I (am forced to) do in LaTeX. However, I prefer InDesign, and use it more often than Latex. Scientific/engineering texts often ...
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Which of the following layouts is best for a print/digital publication?

Here are three options: Option 1 (centered charts, two-column text) Option 2 (text on left, charts on right) Option 3 (left text, right charts on odd pages, right text left charts on even pages) I ...
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Is there a way to spread a paragraph over all of a text frame's columns in InDesign?

I'm laying out a text with lists and headings between them. I used the 'Text frame options' to split a page-wide text frame into two columns. Now, it so happens that one of my main headings is too ...
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Numbering nonconsecutive paragraphs in InDesign

I have a project that requires that we primarily lay out a lot of text (think sections in an employee manual) with explanatory notes scattered throughout the document. We only want to number the ...
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Are "Orphans" and "Widows" ever good?

Referencing text layout. . . A widow is a sentence fragment separated from its paragraph at the start of a page or column A widow is the end of an incomplete sentence which appears at the ...
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Add a special character o glyph made of three dots for quick insertion InDesign

I am working on a long text with InDesign cs6 and I need to be able to quickly write/insert a special charter that looks likes this three dots in the image (They are three dots and the middle on is ...
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Is it a good practice to use small caps for all last names?

I've gotten into the habit of using small capital letters every time I write a last name (both in LaTeX and by hand). Is this a good practice? Are there any recommendations on this subject? I mainly ...
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Parts of paragraph style won't stick

I've got a problem where I am defining a paragraph style, but when I am applying it, it does everythin as defined except for the font style. It just applies a font style I did not select, however the ...
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Adobe inDesign - Table rows cross page

I'm trying to create a two-columns table on InDesign. Unfortunally, when row content doesn't fit the remaining page space, the entire row is pushed on new page leaving a lot of space on previous page....
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InDesign: hard return to move to the next text frame?

Is there a way to set a hard return to move to the next text frame, so if I copied a page of text, every hard return would move to the next text frame that I have threaded?
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InDesign: how to adjust table spacing

Is there a way to define how big the distance betweeen text and table grids in InDesign is? Right now my table looks kind of crammed with the text so close to its cell borders.
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Adobe Indesign: Finding the last bullet in a bullet list

My current style sheet is: [Body] After paragraph : 4mm [Body, Start of List] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets, Last] After paragraph : 4mm Part 1 Is there a way to ...
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Best practice for alignment of numbers in ordered list

Code complexity aside, which of the follow two options is preferred for displaying html ordered lists? The first aligns the item numbers to the right (with decimals all in line). The second aligns ...
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Adobe Indesign CS4 XML Import Problem(Missing Elements After Import)

I have been troubleshooting this problem for hours now. It's quite puzzling since a few hours back this did not happen at all. So I have completed placing the tags on individual text frame and was ...
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InDesign: shift baseline by percentage amount

I know I can enter horizontal and vertical scales as percentages, but the baseline can only be entered by points. Is there any way to go around this with a percentage value?
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Bookman Leading

I am designing the interior for a novel using Bookman Old Style size 11pt. Right now, due to input from readers, I have set a leading of 13.5pt. Is that too large? I do not want the text to look ...
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GREP InDesign, can I move a word to the beginning of a paragraph?

Is there a way to move an entire specific word at the beginning of the sentence it belongs to? Let's say I want words contained within brackets to be repositioned. At the moment I have something like ...
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Designing a printed form - How to handle boxes for characters?

I am designing a printed form that will be printed on paper, where the user can only put a certain number of characters per an answer. The form is printed off and given to the end user. Example: ...
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InDesign: how to make a "phone button" style or inline graphic

I'm making a manual where I need to show which buttons to press on a phone in order to make something happen. I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to accomplish a style as in the picture below:...
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Removing a color override from a paragraph style in Adobe Indesign

I accidentally specified a color to a paragraph style, which is based on some other. How do I clear this color override, so that I can use the color of the base paragraph?
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Illustrator: How to quickly reset text styling?

Upon placing a new text object, Illustrator uses whatever styling was used on the last text object you had selected. This can be annoying in some cases. For example, I've made some extreme changes to ...
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Scribus: how to force sign in calcuated numeric fields?

I'm new to Scribus, and using it to make an interactive PDF. I have several fields that are calculating integer values based on a custom calculation script. Now I would like to make sure that positive ...
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Table not formatting properly in InDesign CC

I've got a linked (from excel) table that will not format correctly. These are my settings. Header and Table have been formatted in cell options which are linked to Paragraph styles. The only ...
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How to repeat text formatting settings in Illustrator

I have a bunch of text point objects and I'd like to select a subset of them and change their font size (for example). They might be in different groups so I can't select them all at once, so I select ...